Developmental Positions

Developmental positions and global muscle patterns are the basic buildings blocks of movement. 

Like a blueprint for ideal movement in your brain.

DNS was developed at the Prague School of Rehabilitation by Dr Pavel Kolar. He built his work on the findings of key neurologists and physiatrists of the 20th centrury - Janda, Vele, Lewit and Vojta. DNS is a neurophysiological approach to rehabilitation. It integrates the principles of Developmental Kinesiology into rehabilitation and performance. DNS targets global muscle patterns which can be thought of as your "software". In essence DNS gives you a software update to improve muscle patterns, coordination, core, breathing, stability, joint dissociation, function, pain & performance. The nervous system establishes these basic building blocks of movement during the first critical years of life. Due to injury, habits, sports and our modern lifestyle we need to retrain these basic movement patterns.

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my story

Hi, my name is Michelle. Over the past 25 years, I've taught THOUSANDS of people, in all corners of the world, how to FEEL BETTER, MOVE BETTER and IMPROVE THEIR BODIES. I'm a physiotherapist and clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia. I have a busy clinical practice, teach group classes, and lead workshops for movement enthusiasts. I believe MOVEMENT is YOUR BEST therapy and MOST POWERFUL tool. My mission is to bring you high quality, detail oriented videos, with the most VALUABLE techniques, so that you can begin your journey of REACHING YOUR PHYSICAL POTENTIAL. All bodies and levels are welcome. I hope to see you soon.

  • Registered Physiotherapist

  • Clinical Instructor Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia

  • Kinstretch Instructor FRCms FRA FR

  • Prague certified DNS practitioner

  • certified Foundation Training Instructor

  • Postural Restoration Institute

  • Fellow Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists

  • Gunn IMS and Acupuncture

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

Intra-abdominal Pressure (IAP)


Joint Dissociation


Joint Centration

Balanced Muscle Function

Core Integration

Stability + Zones of Support

Global Pattern

Stability must precede mobility

Distal Support - Proximal Stability

Core co-ordination

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The last example above shows optimal intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). Stability comes from the INSIDE out, not the OUTSIDE in (middle example).

The first example shows optimal integration of core muscles (diaphragm over pelvic floor) creating intra-abdominal pressure. The other 3 examples are of non-optimal coordination of core muscles all resulting in loss of IAP and  use of an extension compression stabilization strategy (ECSS).

Example of an extension compression stabilization strategy (ECSS) and poorly regulated intra-abdominal pressure.

The most important muscle in your body

The Diaphragm

Arguably THE MOST IMPORTANT muscle in your body.  

The diaphragm has 3 functions - breathing, posture ( core) and a sphincter.  Research has shown that the diaphragm is what starts intra-abdominal pressure and core coordination. The diaphragm is your primary muscle of respiration. If breathing isn't normalized no other movement can be. The diaphragm is dome shaped like a parachute and made up of 2 hemi-diaphragms - right and left.  Interestingly, the right is larger, thicker and stronger than the left. The right also has more crural fibres (spinal attachments ) which descend further than the left. The right has better abdominal apposition and drives breathing better than the left.